12/03/2012 5:09PM

In Lingerie retired, will be bred to Frankel

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Grade 1 Spinster winner In Lingerie was 4 for 8 in her career for trainer Todd Pletcher.

Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Gary Barber announced Monday that their Grade 1 winner In Lingerie has been retired from racing. The 3-year-old Empire Maker filly will be bred to two-time Cartier European Horse of the Year and Juddmonte Farms stallion Frankel in 2013, his first season at Banstead Manor Farm in England.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, In Lingerie won four of eight career starts, all this year, and earned $712,265. She won the Bourbonette Oaks in March and followed with a win in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes. She was third in the Coaching Club American Oaks and second in the Alabama Stakes before tallying her Grade 1 triumph in the Spinster Stakes. She concluded her career with an unplaced effort in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf. Several days after that race, she was offered at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky selected fall mixed sale, but was bought back on a final bid of $2.2 million.

In a press release, Eclipse Thoroughbreds Partners’s Aron Wellman and Barber offered: “It was a true privilege to be able to campaign In Lingerie this past season. She is a magnificent filly and took us to the top of the mountain from coast to coast, providing many glorious thrills along the way.

“Being in this game for the sport of it, it is difficult to let go of such a phenomenal racehorse capable of headlining major races in coming seasons, but when the opportunity to breed In Lingerie to Frankel becomes a reality, the decision was a no-brainer.”

In Lingerie is out of the Grade 2-winning Storm Cat mare Cat Chat, and her second dam is champion filly Phone Chatter.

David Voelker More than 1 year ago
Maybe her side will dominate & she will produce a classic distance foal. Frankel bred to less will produce a 6 furlong foal. Don't look for Frankel to be like Mr. Prospector.
michael More than 1 year ago
Greed, tied up with a bow. How many animals make it past two or three with Pletcher's funny stuff. Then all this stuff about a world class sire, the colt just retired. These so called high class connections are just trashy. I'll ever bet a Pletcher, Dutrow or now Maker horse, ever.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Do you think they'll flush her system before the big event?
David Voelker More than 1 year ago
Oh, so you bet to lose.
David Voelker More than 1 year ago
Oh, so you bet to lose.
BrandonLayer More than 1 year ago
I'll never support retiring a sound horse after their 3 year old season. In my opinion horses should run from age 3-5 if healthy.
Jerry Sabo More than 1 year ago
My guess, Pletcher strikes again.
ChristinaA More than 1 year ago
So, just as she's reaching the pinnacle of her form they retire her? Unless she has an injury that we haven't heard about, this move seems stupid. And for her owners to pay $200K for Frankel who is unproven as a sire is just even more ludicrous. Sigh.
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
You throw the word "stupid" around too easily. Having money or the lack of it is ALL RELATIVE. Some have $200k to piss away and believe me people not in the horse racing game piss more than that away all the time. So if they want to retire her and breed her to an unproven $200k sire, hey it's their dough to blow. ;-)) Some got it and some got it to give!
ChristinaA More than 1 year ago
I agree that it's their money and they're obviously free to spend it as they wish, I just feel that they should breed her to a proven sire instead of shipping her over to Frankel.
Barbara Bowen More than 1 year ago
When she tops 3 million next fall as a rare American mare in foal to Frankel, or is purchased privately beforehand, then you can really SIGH. And WISH. No one is blowing dough here, they are spending it to make it. Which is actually less risk than racing their filly and hoping she stays sound, healthy, and in form. In the meantime, the Eclipse partnership brings press their way. It's a BUSINESS.
B More than 1 year ago
I personally don't have much interest in her, but this is a perfect example of the lack of sportsmanship that is becoming so commonplace in this sport. The gambling will go on, but the "sport" is eating itself alive.
Jd Staton More than 1 year ago
just sucks this has turned into a world of breeding rather then racing i guess its just what makes the most cash
stevejPS More than 1 year ago
The jokes write themselves.... "Frankel In Lingerie" !! Bobby would howl about THAT headline!!
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
So they cover a Filly with a Colt. This is world class breeding?
m More than 1 year ago
Rarely do they write an article of this nature with no mention of injury nor soundness at the time of retirement...I'm curious...Did TP injury another top star?
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Would you like to spend the next year running against Royal Delta, My Miss Aurelia,Questing and others? Why risk it? Todd has Love and Pride and a few nice fillies.